The owner and operator of an Arlington-based insurance agency was found guilty by a federal jury in Boston of fraudulently receiving disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). ).
Patrick Quinn, 50, of Arlington, was found guilty on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, following a six-day jury trial on two counts of theft of public funds and two counts of misrepresentation. United States District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns set his sentence for August 17, 2022. Quinn was arrested and charged in December 2019.
Since January 2012, Quinn has stolen more than $420,000 in Veteran’s and Social Security benefits by falsely telling the VA and SSA that he was unable to work due to a disability, so that he actually owned and operated Quinn Insurance Group, Inc.
In October 1995, shortly after being discharged from the United States Marine Corps, Quinn applied for and was approved for disability compensation benefits with the VA based on a series of physical injuries. and, later, post-traumatic stress disorder. In March 2005, Quinn applied for Individual Unemployment (IU) benefits from the VA, which are paid to people unable to maintain substantially gainful employment due to their service-related disabilities. In the application, Quinn claimed that his PTSD prevented him from obtaining or pursuing any substantially gainful occupation and that he had become too disabled to work. In support of his claim, Quinn submitted a letter from his purported end employer, Insurance Management Consultants, Inc., claiming that Quinn had been terminated due to his erratic behavior and was no longer employed by the company. While receiving UI benefits, Quinn completed and returned four VA employment questionnaires, in each of which he certified that he had not worked in the previous year.
Similarly, in November 2005, Quinn applied for and was approved for disability insurance benefits with Social Security, this time claiming that he had become unable to work due to his disabling condition in September 2004. In June 2006, Quinn applied for child insurance benefits, which are paid to the dependent of a disabled person receiving disability insurance benefits, on behalf of her minor child. Social Security beneficiaries are required to report if they return to work with SSA. In May 2018, Quinn reported to SSA that he had not worked since May 2006. SSA continued to pay benefits to Quinn and his son based on this report.
Evidence presented at trial established that Quinn was self-employed as the owner and operator of his own insurance agency, Shannon Francis & Quinn Insurance, which later became Quinn Insurance Group, Inc, since at least March 2003 – contrary to his claims to the VA and ASS. Quinn also served as president, treasurer, secretary and director of Insurance Management Consultants, Inc. from 2000 to 2007, though he told the VA and SSA the company fired him in 2005. While operating his own insurance company, Quinn regularly received payouts ranging between $6,500 and $15,000 and has grown his business significantly through the acquisition of nine small insurance companies at various times between 2012 and 2019 on numerous occasions.
The theft of public funds charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or double the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater . The misrepresentation charge carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of probation and a fine of $250,000 or double the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on US sentencing guidelines and the laws that govern sentencing in a criminal case.
United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Christopher Algieri, Special Agent in Charge, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Inspector General, Northeast Field Office; and Joleen D. Simpson, Special Agent in Charge of Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General, Bureau of Investigations, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Burzycki and Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Mackenzie Duane of Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit are pursuing the case.